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Following a Catholic uprising in Ireland, in which thousands of Protestants are killed, Parliament passes a vote of no confidence in Charles I's rule.
A Nation Divided; the King's proclamation has been sent around the country. Soon, over 200 MPs will return to Westminster to aid Charles; he simply has to run down the clock.
The beginning of 1642 has seen John Pym spurn the King's attempt to bring him onside with a job offer and now Charles's options are running short.